The Importance of Good Habits as a Photographer

Developing strong habits can be as critical as mastering technical skills. For photographers, understanding and nurturing positive habits can significantly enhance your craft, leading to more compelling and impactful imagery.

Coming to you from Goughie, this excellent video introduces five key habits that have transformed his approach to photography. One habit he emphasizes is the practice of observation. By simply sitting and observing his surroundings, he has found that he's able to capture more nuanced elements and storytelling in his photos. This approach encourages photographers to slow down and engage deeply with their environment, leading to more thoughtful and expressive images. Another habit he discusses is asking "why" - analyzing what specifically draws him to an image. This reflection helps in understanding personal preferences and developing a unique photographic style. 

Additionally, the video explores the concept of "finding the foreground" in landscape photography. He illustrates how foreground elements can distinguish a photo and add depth, scale, and narrative. This habit challenges photographers to look beyond the obvious and find unique perspectives, even in well-photographed locations. Establishing healthy habits will make you a better and more consistent photographer and help you get more enjoyment out of the craft. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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